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Thank you for your follow-up, Robert.Technically the plaintiff's attorney is stretching the facts but he is correct. A judge does not evaluate the legality of the agreement, merely if an agreement was reached. So if the parties inform the judge that they settled and created a formal agreement, the judge will sign off on it if he or she is assured that there are no illegal terms in the agreement. It is tough to make the stretch that the judge signed off on this particular agreement if the judge never read it, but to claim that the judge signed off on a settlement agreement between the parties would be an accurate statement. The agreement became legal when both parties signed it--that is why the contract is legal, which, if the signatures are valid, compels the judge to uphold the terms.Good luck.
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